About a month ago, my old Bamboo Touch tablet gave up the ghost. Today, I got its successor: A Wacom Intuitos Pen & Touch tablet. It's very pretty. And by "pretty" I mean it's both stylish and eminently usable. It has a light, ergonomic pen that will doubtlessly let me doodle for hours, and a compartment to store extra nibs, which, at the moment, is probably my favourite feature. I also like you can swap out pen holder ribbons on it -- a plus, given how quickly my old one got torn away. Too, I like the fact I can get a wireless kit for it (though I'd like it better if that came standard "on-board", so to speak). Not being bound by a wire would be awesome.
But, really, I have to say what I most enjoyed was the packaging. It was light, eco-friendly, molded papermash, instead of a lot of Styrofoam. Opening it up was like opening a present on Christmas morning... or my birthday (which was this month... so this is, appropriately, my birthday present). They obviously paid a lot of attention to the packaging design. Kudos for a job well done.
The software bundle includes ArtRage Studio and Autodesk Sketchbook. Now, I've been playing with the mobile version of the latter on my old, cracked Google tablet, and I really enjoy it. So, I'm looking forward to see what I can do with the desktop version, now I have a real pen tablet (with pressure sensitivity!) to work with.
I'm undecided about ArtRage. I tried it out a little, tonight. It has neat brush controls, but I'm still learning the interface. I wasn't really impressed with its pixel display or its excuse for a pencil brush -- though I concede its paint brushes are fairly interesting. At the moment, however, it feels more like a child's painting station in a kindergarten classroom than a robust art program, but I expect that impression to change as I get further into it. At least, I sure hope so.
Regardless, I'm quite excited by the new toy. Perhaps, it will lead to an increase in output and uploads... you never know.